Web Creator Blasts FCC For Not Knowing How the Internet Works


A list of twenty internet visionaries have written the FCC urging it to back off this week's planned repeal of net neutrality protections. Letter authors include Vint Cerf, co-creator of the TCP/IP protocol; Tim Berners-Lee, co-creator of the web; Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak; several designers of the Domain Name System (DNS); public-key cryptography inventors Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman, and more. Collectively they know a thing or two about how the internet should work, and they're all clearly telling the FCC its justification for net neutrality repeal is based on a flawed understanding of how the internet works.

"It is important to understand that the FCC’s proposed Order is based on a flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of Internet technology," the authors note. "These flaws and inaccuracies were documented in detail in a 43-page-long joint comment signed by over 200 of the most prominent Internet pioneers and engineers and submitted to the FCC on July 17, 2017."

That analysis, which you can read here ( https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3899283/Comments-... ), states the FCC's Notice for Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) includes incorrect assessments and conflation of the differences between ISPs and edge providers (Netflix, content companies), incorrect claims in the NPRM about how the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 functions, a misunderstanding of how firewalls work, and more.

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